Hospitality industry media coverage

Chris Sylt has been covering the hospitality industry since 2002 and writes about it for many of the world's leading publications such as the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Caterer, Hospitality Magazine and Forbes. His coverage includes features, analysis, exclusive news, cover stories and interviews with many of the industry's leading figures. Chris broke the news that the owner of the Savoy will never sell the hotel, that Warner Bros. is launching its first hotel and that Monaco's state-owned leisure operator, SBM, rejected an opportunity to buy a property in London. The archive below is a small selection of this work which spans more than 120 pieces giving an average of one article every other month over nearly two decades.
How AV Brightens the Night AV Magazine October/November 2023
How AV Keeps an Enchanted Princess on the Crest of a Wave AV Magazine October/November 2023
A Japanese AV Record Breaker AV Magazine May 2023
Kids' Play: Themed To Perfection Destinations of the World News 25 May 2022
Inside Disney's Heroic Hotel Plans For Paris Forbes 9 November 2019 
Why Theme Parks Have Grand Designs On Hotels Forbes 25 January 2019 
How Abu Dhabi Is Building Its Legacy With Leisure Forbes 10 November 2018 
How Hilton Uses Formula One To Drive Bookings Forbes 20 March 2018 
Checking Out: How Hilton Uses Formula One To Stand Out From The Crowd Forbes 19 December 2016 
How Theme Parks Help To Break New Ground In The Hotel Industry Forbes 19 September 2016 
The world's most expensive tourism advert Hospitality Summer 2013 
Taking the LEED Hospitality Autumn 2012 
Transatlantic Hospitality Summer 2011 
Fantasy Facades Hospitality Spring 2011 
The Power House Principality European Business December 2005 
Splendid isolation EuroBusiness February 2003 
Warner Bros. Announces Premiere Of Its First Hotel Forbes 9 December 2019 
Shard times at the Shangri-La CityAM 22 October 2019 
Farnborough Airport sales soar to £80m ahead of Macquarie buyout CityAM 15 October 2019 
London hotels owner Firmdale eyes third bite at Big Apple Evening Standard 29 July 2019 
Disney Books $500 Million Hotel Revenue In Paris Forbes 4 April 2019 
Disney cruises its way to a £430m dividend as revenues and profits at its London-based subsidiary rise Mail on Sunday 9 March 2019 
Grand Prix Fuels Record Revenue Of $120 Million For Mexico City Hotels Forbes 11 February 2019 
Warner Bros' first hotel will open in Abu Dhabi Daily Telegraph 6 November 2018 
Grand Prix Drives $20 Million Boost For Austin Hotels Forbes 21 October 2018 
Why F1 Is A Winning Formula For Milan Forbes 30 September 2018 
Firmdale hotel owners book £33m dividend Daily Telegraph 24 July 2018 
Luxury Shangri-La Hotel at top of London's Shard fails to make profit since it opened four years ago Mail on Sunday 14 July 2018 
Grand Prix Gives Three-Fold Boost To Sales Yields At Mexico City Hotels Forbes 22 February 2018 
A-List cachet reaps rewards for hotelier Firmdale Daily Telegraph 6 August 2017 
Montreal Hotel Prices Double For Formula One Grand Prix Forbes 5 June 2017 
Ham Yard Hotel owner brings home the bacon Evening Standard 25 July 2016
Monaco Hotels Get 250% Boost In Takings From Formula One Forbes 2 June 2016 
Monaco Casino Owner Reveals 5% Boost From Grand Prix Forbes 10 April 2015 
Saudi prince rides in to save France's debt-ridden Euro Disney as he joins £330m rescue deal Mail on Sunday 11 October 2014 
Bond's hangout in record year Evening Standard 8 September 2014 
London-based advisor Cedar closes on a Lehman hotel CityAM 9 June 2014 
Dorchester Group reports 5% rise in revenue to a record £304.5m The Guardian 3 November 2013 
VIP jets boom fuels £50m expansion for Farnborough airport Mail on Sunday 20 July 2013 
Firmdale checks in with record revenues Daily Telegraph 14 July 2013
A-listers help boutique hotel chain look good Daily Telegraph 30 July 2012 
I'll never sell the Savoy says billionaire Prince Alwaleed Daily Telegraph 23 June 2012 
Farnborough's terminal boost Evening Standard 11 April 2012 
Revenue from F1 puts Hilton out in front The Independent 23 October 2011 
Magic results: Euro Disney plans new hotels The Independent 22 October 2011 
Royal wedding expected to give Monaco a tourism boost The Independent 25 July 2011 
Hotel operator Firmdale books rising revenues The Independent 11 July 2011
Cunard launches new ship Queen Elizabeth as boss sounds optimism for cruises Evening Standard 11 October 2010 
Firmdale checks in record £54m Daily Telegraph 10 July 2010
Monte-Carlo SBM shuns Piccadilly Club bid Evening Standard 17 May 2010 
Eurostar driven to £2.6bn losses Sunday Express 3 January 2010 
Highs and lows in accounts at Sunday Express 20 December 2009 
British Airways subsidiary The Mileage Company sees pre-tax profits fall 19.4% Daily Telegraph 13 December 2009 
Airmiles profits stay aloft as turnover dives Daily Telegraph 15 March 2009 
Sunseeker sails through the choppy waters Independent on Sunday 19 October 2008
London City Airport's profits are flying high Mail on Sunday 16 October 2008 
London City Airport's profits fly up 50% Mail on Sunday 16 October 2008 
From London and Paris to Marrakesh, Monaco looks for windows on the world The Independent 17 August 2008 
Firmdale's boutique hotels defy crunch Evening Standard 8 July 2008 
Dorchester Group serves five-star returns for Sultan Daily Telegraph 29 June 2008 
Boom time at Farnborough Evening Standard 21 February 2008 
London & Regional's Monaco hotel prize Evening Standard 12 October 2007 
Hilton set to open new hotels as tourist market climbs again Evening Standard 11 July 2006 
Alwaleed eyes trophy hotel but faces £100m bid battle The Independent 11 September 2005 
Coulthard's hotels chain races to grow Evening Standard 1 March 2005 
Saudi sheikh eyes Paris hotel Financial Times 10 January 2005 
Corporate Concorde comes even closer EuroBusiness December 2003 
Class War EuroBusiness November 2003 
BA 'son of Concorde' plan nears take-off Sunday Express 9 February 2003 
Return of the rack rate EuroBusiness September 2002 
A story of two halves EuroBusiness September 2002 
Hilton aims at seaside casinos The Business 10/11 March 2002 
Forte checks into Ciga The Business 3/4 March 2002 
Six Continents to add 600 hotels The Business 17/18 February 2002 
Room for improvement as Six Continents expands portfolio Scotland on Sunday 17 February 2002 
Marriott plans new hotels for British cities The Business 3/4 February 2002 
Touching the Future AV Magazine May 2023
How Four Seasons Cast A Powerful Spell In Orlando Forbes 26 November 2019 
Checking Out: How F1 Boosts Hotel Takings Forbes 29 October 2016 
Taking a trip to hotel fantasyland The Times 16 December 2015 
The World's Wealthiest Hotelier Destinations of the World News September 2012 
Formula for Hospitality Hospitality Winter 2011-12 
The Fairytale State Destinations of the World News 28 June 2011 
Checking Into Fantasyland Etihad Magazine May 2011 
Checking Out The Paddock May 2010 
Battle of the hotel brands The Caterer 29 May 2008 
Toasting for Profits Destinations of the World News November 2007 
Too many brand Dames Destinations of the World News September 2007 
Grand returns for mega-rich hoteliers Destinations of the World News June 2007 
Common standards: How do you measure quality? The Caterer 16 November 2006 
Formula for Entertaining Business Travel World November 2006 
Two's company Business Travel World October 2006 
Separating Bricks from Brains European Business July 2006 
Leading the Field Caterer & Hotelkeeper 10 November 2005 
Character builders The Caterer 4 August 2005 
Leaping the High-Tech Hurdle EuroBusiness December 2003 
Europe's grand hotel guardian EuroBusiness November 2003 
House of Cards EuroBusiness October 2003 
Technological transformations EuroBusiness March 2003 
Selling the family silver EuroBusiness January 2003 
Putting A New Spin On Planet Hollywood Forbes 20 July 2017
David Richards: The Secret Hotelier Destinations of the World News 9 October 2013 
Bernie Ecclestone keeps his hotel on pole position Destinations of the World News 25 March 2013 
A prince's promise Hospitality Summer 2012 
Saudi prince won't duck out of Euro Disney Daily Mail 17 May 2012 
Sporting chance Hospitality Spring 2012 
London next on the list for the man who'd save the bank at Monte Carlo The Independent 6 October 2011 
Ken McCulloch: Hotel giants, check this out - 'I am absolutely going for these people' The Independent 22 September 2011 
Monaco's International Gamble Hospitality Winter 2010 
Monaco's Greatest Gamble Elevator January 2010 
Diamond in the rough Destinations of the World News May 2009 
The Themed Principality Excellency Quarterly Q4 2007
The World's Fastest Hotelier The Paddock May 2007 
Brand rebuilding The Paddock May 2007 
Out with the old The Paddock May 2007 
Manufacturing extra mystique in Monaco Destinations of the World News March 2007 
A little bit of a do Business Travel World January 2007 
The Accidental Hotelier Caterer & Hotelkeeper 22 June 2006 
Character Builder Square Mile September 2005 
Mr Innovator Impressions September 2005 
Racing Certainty Caterer & Hotelkeeper 25 August 2005 
Making Something from Nothing EuroBusiness December 2003 
Charter's New Charm EuroBusiness December 2003 
AirMiles set for high street takeoff EuroBusiness December 2003 
Taittinger: A Growing Success EuroBusiness May 2003
It's all in the mix EuroBusiness April 2003 
Rocco fortifies hotel collection EuroBusiness April 2003 
Designed for business EuroBusiness April 2003 
Back to the future EuroBusiness April 2003 
Bespoke bookings EuroBusiness April 2003 
Kerzner bets on London Clubs EuroBusiness March 2003 
Concorde's supersonic son EuroBusiness March 2003 
L'hotel EuroBusiness February 2003 
The state's secret hotel EuroBusiness February 2003 
Pushing the boats out EuroBusiness February 2003
Reservations with a difference EuroBusiness January 2003 
Private service EuroBusiness August 2002 
The true entrepreneur EuroBusiness August 2002